College basketball: Who will be the last unbeaten standing?

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

I wasn't even a twinkle in my father's eye in 1976. But the year is one of my favorites. And it's not because it's the year which produced three of my all-time favorite movies ("Rocky," "All The President's Men" and "Midway"). The year 1976 is known for one thing - at ...

Illinois Football: Should Tim Beckman be replaced by Bobby Petrino?

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Sometimes you wish teams would listen to sportswriters. Not so much because sportswriters are always right or even often right. Rather, because you want to see some one try out whatever crackpot idea a sportswriter threw out there in a column trying to be provocative. Case in point: this piece ...

Illinois Football: Should Tim Beckman be fired already?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

The Illinois Fighting Illini football team isn't doing so hot. Currently, the team is 2-5 and coming off a 31-17 loss to Indiana at home. In 2011, former head coach Ron Zook's final season, the Illini were 7-6 and made a bowl game. The current situation would put any coach on ...

Brad Stevens is Staying at Butler, Not Going to Illinois

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

In case you haven't been paying attention over the past few years, Butler head basketball coach Brad Stevens really likes his job. No, I mean he really likes his job. For the third-straight offseason, Stevens has been pursued for a major conference job opening (or multiple major conference openings) and has ...

Shaka Smart Turns Down Illinois, Will Remain at VCU

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, VCU head coach Shaka Smart has turned down Illinois' offer to become its men's basketball coach. Smart had been Illinois' top choice to replace the recently fired Bruce Weber, but multiple anonymous sources told the paper that the 34-year-old coach informed the school's athletic director Mike ...

Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas Out Of Control?

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Tom Izzo's lengthy comments about Illinois' firing of Bruce Weber after a total meltdown by the Illini seem kind of random and conspiracy theory-related at first listen. Coaches generally won't say they "shed a tear" over the firing or put other athletic directors (Illini AD Mike Thomas in this case) ...

McD’s Week 12 College Football Picks

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

What I'm watching: 8:45 am - ESPN3 replay of Oklahoma State/Iowa State because I think I'm getting pranked by some one. No way did OSU lose to ISU. Unless....Oh, yeah, they really ARE Oklahoma State, so yeah that actually makes sense that they would blow their perfect season in Ames, IA ...

McD’s Week 11 College Football Picks

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

What I'm watching: 12 pm: Flipping between Nebraska/Penn State for the train-wreck-watching and Okie State/Texas Tech for the O-fence. 3:30 pm: TCU/Boise State - At least, until Boise pulls away. This game has gotten intense what with all the BCS meetings and non-AQ's eating their own. 8pm: Stanford/Oregon - like everyone else.